As­bestos dis­cov­ered in pri­mary school build­ing

Pupils and staff not ex­posed but re­moval work to start

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Co­lette Crampsey

A Ren­frew­shire pri­mary school build­ing is to un­dergo ma­jor re­con­struc­tion af­ter it was found to con­tain dan­ger­ous as­bestos.

Coun­cil chiefs are ne­go­ti­at­ing the over­haul af­ter traces of the sub­stance were de­tected in the in­fra­struc­ture of Bridge of Weir Pri­mary School.

A rec­om­men­da­tion was made to en­ter into im­prove­ment works, in or­der to bring the build­ing in line with cur­rent reg­u­la­tory stan­dards.

Coun­cil­lors will con­sider the award­ing of the con­struc­tion works con­tract at the Fi­nance, Re­sources and Cus­tomer Ser­vices Board next week.

If ap­proved, work will be­gin dur­ing the school sum­mer hol­i­days to up­grade the build­ings elec­tri­cal wiring, re­move as­bestos, re- con­struct ceil­ings and im­prove in­fra­struc­ture.

As­bestos can be found in many build­ings built be­fore 2000 – in­clud­ing houses, fac­to­ries, of­fices, schools and hos­pi­tals – and the chem­i­cal causes around 5,000 deaths ev­ery year.

The Gov­ern­ment’s Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive say there is no min­i­mum thresh­old be­low which a per­son ex­posed to as­bestos is at zero risk of ob­tain­ing lung can­cer.

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil in­sist that the health of teach­ers and pupils is not in jeop­ardy.

A spokesper­son said: “The as­bestos iden­ti­fied at Bridge of Weir Pri­mary is small amounts of residue and de­bris and is not con­sid­ered dan­ger­ous, as it is en­closed within the ceil­ing void and can’t be ac­cessed or dis­turbed by staff or pupils.

“There are spe­cific well- es­tab­lished pro­ce­dures in place to carry out such work safely and all as­bestos re­moval is car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with cur­rent guide­lines by fully li­censed con­trac­tors and mon­i­tored by the coun­cil’s as­bestos man­age­ment team.

“At no time would pupils or staff be ex­posed to as­bestos and, fol­low­ing the re­moval, an in­de­pen­dent an­a­lyt­i­cal com­pany would be com­mis­sioned to carry out clear­ance pro­ce­dures, in­clud­ing air tests, prior to the area be­ing re­oc­cu­pied.”

The works will cost al­most £600,000 and are ex­pected to last around 21 weeks, with the project com­menc­ing in sum­mer.

Clark Con­tracts Ltd is likely to re­ceive the ten­der af­ter it beat out 18 other com­pa­nies who ex­pressed an in­ter­est.

The builder will pro­vide one work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ment to some­one aged 14 to 16 while work is on­go­ing and will also host a ca­reers event.

Up­grade Work will be­gin on Bridge of Weir Pri­mary over the school sum­mer hol­i­days

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